[Album Review] Massive – Full Throttle (2013)


Burn The Sun
Bring Down The City
One By One
Big Trendsetter
Now Or Never
Best Of Both Worlds
Full Throttle


The most apt band name and album title put together that you are ever likely to see. When you spin the latest release form Massive and are thrown this way and that by the opening track, you are indeed catapulted at Full Throttle into this collection of adrenaline fuelled rock hits in waiting.

Best Of Both Worlds, calms toward the finale as Kristy Jinx serenades us back to a state of virtual calm in preparation for Big Trend Setter.  The relaxation is, however short lived and the blood pumps so hard again I’m tempted to keep the defibrillator close by.

The struggle to keep you head still is quite remarkable, simply because this album immediately removes your ability to sit still. If you love classic rock, contemporary rock, heavy rock or classic heavy metal, you will love this work by Massive.  The band clearly take the essential elements from all of these genres and entwine them in their own sound masterfully. The resulting effect is that you can hear familiar elements in every piece, but can’t quite decide what blast from the past you are hearing. The truth is you are hearing the familiar elements powerfully freshened in a tremendous exuberant sound achieved by Massive.  The craft clearly purveyed by the group, and dare I say mastered, is the ability to make every track a catchy one sure to reverberate in the cerebral band room well after the aural intake has ceased.

Every element of the music is perfectly performed, from precision percussion, to blistering riffs throughout, the planets are in alignment for Massive.  It truly leaves you wondering what’s next for the band. And our lead Brad Marr possessed one of those powerful voices that are the envy of all who can’t sing well and even many of those who can.  Even the most accomplished orator of lyrics will struggle to match the strength and sheer range of this Massive man.

Track five is a song that the gentlemen won’t mind hitting the Dancefloor, but we might want to move the handbags and forget the waltz because this won’t be pretty, and rightly so.

The title track has you hanging onto whatever, to steady yourself for the onslaught of astonishingly thrilling Full throttle.

And of course, Ghost is next and takes you thoroughly by surprise.  One Twitter fan put the words ‘instant classic’ in my recent comments on this track.  I have to agree.  This chilling and astonishingly magnificent track is wonderful in harmonic complexity and the lyrics are delivered with such passion and commitment by Brad, it surely will result in becoming an ‘instant classic’ enjoyed by the masses. Thank you, Maria.  Building beautifully from the sounds of old school metal and hard rock ballads, this tremendously brilliant track culminates to a mighty and uplifting crescendo. I would like to say that the entire album is a worthwhile purchase for this track alone, however, I would not want to be responsible for people purchasing this as a single, purely because it is of paramount importance on the album. It provides a complete musical picture of the groups’ astounding talent and although wonderful on its own, in its production place on the album makes it a truly triumphant achievement, and in perfect musical context.  It really is best celebrated as in integral component of the entire album.

I am immediately taken back to my own ventures through Hollywood and reminded of the scenery and inherent truth strewn throughout this region of Los Angeles, where the gutters run rich with the hopes and dreams of so many.

Lacey provides us yet another fantastic experience as we are taken to a magical blend of old school rock n roll and modern hard rock.  Bobby socks and battle jacket? Brilliant.

The album is completed with a sure favourite for those who enjoy Massive’s mighty sound. If you have seen this track live, you know how keenly awaited it is, and for those yet to see the band in full flight, you will seldom be alone in ‘going off’ when you hear the opening feedback fed riff of One By One.

This is one of those rare albums that find you scouring the papers and web pages for when you can see Massive live and local, before a shrewd and knowing label whisks them off to lands far away.